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With the incoming trade shows in France (Micronora), Germany (AMB), Italy (BiMu), UK (Micro Nano Mems) and USA (IMTS), and an economic situation that seems better for manufacturers (according to Cecimo-to be read in our next issue), there is no doubt that some novelties will hit the market very soon.
Next issues full of content
In our next issues you will be able to find many pieces of news.
Let me show you under the curtain:
Machining and lubrication
Affolter Technologies – new devices to finish watch pinions and new device to cut wormscrews
Bumotec – two spindles in a very limited space
Motorex – a solution with record performences
Precitrame – robotised finishing center
Tornos – CT and GT product ranges, complete new machines
Alfatool – a tool for growth
Conceptools – doubled product range
Flury Tools – high precision grinding
Services and companies
Ginova – provider of simple solutions to complex problems
The Micronora zoom will host as world premiere a complete and operational production chain, composed exclusively of micro machines developed by the Japanese consortium DTF. The DTF concept allows to design autonomous and easily reconfigurable production chains that can be installed on a large table. (Vous pouvez télécharger cet article en français ici.)
Machines are designed on the principle of the “plug and play”. The feed of material is provided by two axes mini-robots. If some of the machines have already been presented individually in various trade shows, it is the first time a whole production chain can be seen in operation.
Small sizes production chains
The Desktop Factory (DTF), consortium based in Suwa, in the Nagano, Japan prefecture has developed since the beginning of the 2000’s a set of research projects aimed at developing production chains of small size. The DTF allows production close to consumption places; also at the heart of the cities. Small footprint, low power consumption, low ecological balance and flexibility made the DTF an approach of the factory of the future before anyone else. These machines are today sold in Japan and are presented for the first time in a logic of production chain in the Micronora Zoom.
The DTF consortium
New methods of manufacturing are developed on the basis of the expertise of companies and member organisations. It is mainly SMEs in the world of complex machining. The Suwa area, which has experienced a very brilliant watch period with companies such as Seiko, is now recognized as the world centre of design of DTF technologies. It is a real pole of competitiveness, better known in Japan under the term of Monozukuri.
The collaboration of SMEs, each having its specialty (machining, drilling, milling, cutting, surface treatment, robotics, etc.) is an “efficient hub” for ideas and helps the coordinated development of new production systems based on the concept of DTF. . www.dtf.ne.jp/en/ www.micronora.com
The WLS qFLASH extends Hexagon Metrology’s optical 3D measurement offering and makes advanced white light solutions more portable and budget-friendly.
The WLS qFLASH enables manufacturers of medium to small size parts to measure surfaces and features in crowded areas or shop floor environments.
Easy to use
The Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a convenient and affordable tool for measurement applications such as automotive plastic parts or interiors as well as small sheet metal and casting parts. Rapid image acquisition, robust carbon fibre housing, Blue LED illumination and handheld operation mode create a fast, versatile and reliable portable white light measurement solution.
Proven technology “The WLS qFLASH comes with proven technology based on the WLS400 product family. It has a small footprint, low weight and is very budget-friendly”, says Aviel First, Head of Sales and Marketing for Hexagon Metrology’s White Light Product Line. “Everything comes in one box and is easy to handle. Together with the new software version CoreView 7.0, we’re enhancing our white light solution offering.”
In 2013, Heller placed a strong emphasis on the further development and refinement of its products. The 2013 investment volume stabilised at a high level being significantly in excess of 16 million EUR.
Investments focused on the assembly plant in China, machines and other equipment and modernisation of operating and business facilities. In response to the growing market in Eastern Europe the company is investing to increase customer proximity, e.g. with the expansion of its sales and service activities at the Heller location in Yekaterinburg/Russia.
14.1 million EUR in development
Another priority was development expenditure. Last year, the company spent at total of 14.1 million EUR in this area – 10% up on 2012. The focus was on the diversification of the product range, enabling the company to better serve its existing customers and expand business into new target groups, attracted by the traditional strengths of Heller, including customers from outside the company’s traditional clientele from the automotive industry. At the same time, Heller continued working on the expansion and intensification of its regional business.
Tailored to the needs
Three new developments and numerous product enhancements result in a completely revamped and expanded product portfolio for 4-axis and 5-axis machining and combined milling/turning, especially in terms of large-part machining. Another addition is a completely new developed external milling machine for the machining of small light-duty crankshafts to round off the lower end of the product range in terms of external and internal milling processes. In terms of its turnkey competence for crankcase manufacturing systems, Heller is offering systems for the coating of cylinder bores on the basis of twin-wire arc spraying technology already successfully introduced in the market. Under the name Heller CBC (CylinderBoreCoating), Heller it expands the process chain in crankcase manufacturing. First systems are already in operation for high-volume production in Germany and Japan. At the production location in Nürtingen, the Heller CBC TechnologyCenter is operating a flexible system showing the current status of development that can also be used directly for customer projects.
Future perspective: high-quality machines and state-of-the-art solution competence supporting the success of customers.
The investment in a new machining centre has to pay off. To make production future-proof, Hellers’ customers need reliability, precision and high productivity. In response the company provides a combination of high-quality mechanical engineering and state-of-the-art solution competence.
Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, has partnered with Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in the history of Formula One.
Beginning with the 65th British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Haas Automation is featured on the lower side-pods of the Ferrari F14 T piloted by championship-winning drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen. Haas Automation branding will be seen on the cars for the remainder of the 2014 Formula One season and throughout the 2015 season.
Premium brand “Haas Automation is a premium brand, and there’s no better way to drive that point home than to connect it with Scuderia Ferrari on motor racing’s biggest stage,” said Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Scuderia Ferrari is F1’s most prestigious and decorated team with a large, loyal and passionate fan base. Exposing Scuderia Ferrari fans and Ferrari customers to the quality of Haas Automation CNC machine tools is an important first step to expanding our global reach.”
New partnership “We are pleased to welcome Haas Automation as our newest Official Supplier,” said Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci. “This agreement strengthens our existing connections with the USA, an important market not only for our company, but also for Scuderia Ferrari, as it is one where the team already benefits from several important partnerships. Over the past few months, we have been exploring with Haas a number of potential areas of collaboration, and this agreement is an immediate opportunity that we are pursuing, which proves Haas’ interest in Formula One”.
Haas team …for 2016
In parallel, but as a separate project, Haas is committed to entering Formula One with its own team, a testimony to the growing appeal of this sport in the USA. Haas Automation’s partnership with Scuderia Ferrari also allows the company to become engaged in the business of Formula One before becoming a primary sponsor of Gene Haas’ planned Formula One team. Haas’ team will debut in 2016, where it will become the first American-based F1 team since 1986. . www.haascnc.com .
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The laser system manufacturer from Lüneburg will celebrate its jubilee this year with a very special in-house exhibition. In addition to their latest innovations, the company from Northern Germany will also present an extensive partner exhibition with many famous companies covering all aspects of the topic production process and process automation.
Specialists for acrylic processes, industrial filter solutions, printing technology, packaging, automation technology, positioning systems and software will be present on-site at the fair.
Dates: September 11 and 12, 2014
Canon will present an Océ Arizona flatbed printer system with UV-hardening inks, with among other things live demonstrations of acrylic, PVC and polystyrene lightweight board printing. ACI Laser will be demonstrating the fascination of fast marking with CO2 and fibre lasers with two marking lasers. The English acrylic specialist ‘CR Clarke’ will be showcasing various machines for the processing of acrylic. And anyone wishing to find out more about the topic of machine leasing will have the opportunity of consulting with financing specialists. The list of exhibitors includes well-known names such as Evonik Industries, Bayer MaterialScience, 3A Composites, ULT, Erpa Systeme, Synrad, NovoCut®, Eurosystems, IKB Leasing, Regler Druckzentrum and many more.
Watchdog at the service of users
eurolaser will presenting its latest and unrivalled analysis tool ‘Watchdog’ to the public for the very first time. This live-monitoring tool enables customers to keep all key functions of their laser systems in view at all times. Its remote diagnostic function allows better planning of service jobs and faster fault removal. Visitors will be able to experience the diversity of the latest laser system technology on several CO2 laser systems. The new automatic shuttle table system that optimises handling processes and allows up to 75% more efficient operation will also be on show. Another key topic of the fair will be the use of modular systems that enable parallel use of a CO2 laser, milling and oscillating knives.
eurolaser cordially welcomes all interested visitors from the trade to Lüneburg. You will find all information about the jubilee and free registration opportunities at: www.eurolaser.com/20years.
Deutsche Messe has announced its debut as an operator on the Indonesian exhibition market. On July 8 a contract coverig the future operation of the Indonesia Convention Exhibition center (ICE) was signed in Jakarta by PT Indonesia International Expo (PT IIE), Media Sinar Global (MSG) and Hannover Fairs International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG. PT IIE is a subsidiary of Sinarmas Land Group and Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia’s leading real estate developer and the country’s leading media enterprise, respectively.
The investors Sinarmas and Kompas Gramedia are commissioning Hannover Fairs International with the complete operational management of ICE. To this end the partners are establishing a joint venture known as “PT Deutsche Messe Venue Operations Indonesia”. Hannover Fairs International will hold a 51 percent stake in the joint venture. The starting shot has already been fired for rentals of the facility, with initial client inquiries already coming in, and the first events planned for 2015.
The fourth largest population in the world
At the contract signing Andreas Gruchow, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG responsible for the joint venture, analyzed the deal as follows: “With 247 million inhabitants, Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world and is Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. Apart from the BRIC nations, Indonesia is one of the world’s leading growth markets. A key objective of our foreign strategy is to grow our expertise as an operator of exhibition facilities abroad, and Indonesia offers the ideal prerequisites for expanding our tradeshow business: The economy there continues to grow, international industry is actively involved and the investment climate remains stable”.
The Indonesian trade fair market is growing rapidly, in particular in the capital goods sectors of mechanical and plant engineering, energy, construction and mining. Supported by government programs and investments in education, this Asian nation is quickly developing from a raw materials supplier into a production location with a high readiness by industry to invest. Since 2010 annual economic growth has averaged roughly 6 percent and is projected to reach 7–8 percent in the near future. In expanding the infrastructure in the run-up to 2050, investments of 40 billion US dollars are planned for railways, port facilities and road-building projects. The capital city of Jakarta, with a population of 25 million, is the country’s leading exhibition venue and serves as a trading hub for the Southeast Asian nations Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam as well as Thailand, Japan, Australia and China.